LING 426 - Philosophy and Linguistic Theory
Fall 2019, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Linguistics (LING)
Department: LSA Linguistics


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Advisory Prerequisites:
One philosophy introduction, one logic introduction, or concentration in Linguistics.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Philosophy of Language is an active and exciting area of philosophy, which in recent times has become closely related to linguistic theory, and especially to work by linguists in formal semantics and pragmatics.

This is an advanced introduction to the topic, intended for both philosophers and linguists. It will concentrate on themes in philosophy that overlap with foundational issues in linguistics, and on areas of linguistics that illuminate philosophical issues.

Topics to be covered in this class will include:

  • Ontological commitment and intensionality
  • Referring
  • Ethical and evaluative language
  • Meaning and language use
  • The views of Frege and Tarski
  • The language of time and possibility
  • Intensions and mental attitudes
  • Compositionality and formal semantics
  • Pragmatics and language use
  • Assertion and common ground
  • Knowledge of language

Course Requirements:

Requirements for the course will include: about 10 short exercises, participation in discussion, and either two papers or one short paper and a final paper.

Intended Audience:

The course will work best for students who have taken either a symbolic logic course or a linguistics course.

Class Format:

seminar-style lecture with discussion


LING 426 - Philosophy and Linguistic Theory
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM

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